Trainer John O’Shea was pleased with the first-up effort produced by Sweynesse despite a luckless run in transit, and is confident the classy entire will have taken plenty of benefit from the hit-out ahead of Saturday’s featured Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick.
Sweynesse has been a standout performer amongst his own age bracket through the last 12 months and returned this year for consecutive second place finishes behind Hallowed Crown in both the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m); progressing to fourth in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) before failing to figure and nineteenth in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).
Having been caught wide for much of the 1400m of the Group 2 Tramway Stakes a fortnight ago, O’Shea told AAP he has been pleased with the way the son of Lonhro has taken to work in recent weeks and is confident he will perform well in the 2015 George Main Stakes on Saturday; in turn booking a position in the Epsom Handicap field in a fortnight.
“We’ve got a couple of (jockey) options depending on how many we run in the Epsom but Sam Clipperton is on standby and Joao Moreira is on standby,” O’Shea said.
“It’s a very strong race (on Saturday), there’s no two ways about that. I just want to see Sweynesse run first four and if he does that he drops down to 52 (kilograms) in the Epsom and that brings him into a whole new light doesn’t it?
“We were happy enough with the way he went first-up. He didn’t have any luck in running and he needed the run.
“He’s had the run under his belt now, he’s made good improvement and he’s got a better draw this week.”
Stamping his claims as one to watch through the 2015 Spring Carnival, Sweynesse won each of his first three starts including the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) and Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m); progressing to third in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) before running a credible eighth in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m); his performance highlighted by running the fastest final section of all fourteen contestants.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2015 George Main Stakes odds, for which Sweynesse can be taken at a quote of $13 for success.